Acer Announces New Predator XB1 Series G-Sync Gaming Monitors

Subject: Displays | November 3, 2015 - 12:22 PM |
Tagged: XB271HU, XB271HK, variable refresh rate, Predator XB1, monitor, ips, gaming monitor, g-sync, acer, 27-inch, 100% sRGB

Acer has expanded their Predator gaming monitor lineup with two new 27-inch displays featuring NVIDIA G-Sync technology.

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The Acer Predator XB271HU

First up is the XB271HU:

"The new Predator XB271HU touts a zero-frame edge-to-edge design with a WQHD (2560 x 1440) IPS panel that supports 100% of the sRGB color gamut as well as NVIDIA® ULMB™ technology(1) to reduce motion blur by delivering sharp edges in fast-paced gaming environments. It has a fast 4ms gray to gray response time, 350 cd/m2 brightness and up to a supercharged 165Hz overclocking refresh rate that speeds up the frames per second for delivering ultra-smooth gameplay."

And if WQHD resolution just isn't enough, there is also a 4K/UHD option, model XB271HK:

"The 27-inch Acer Predator XB271HK touts spectacular picture quality with a 4K UHD (3840x2160@60Hz) panel boasting 300 cd/m2 brightness and 1.07 billion colors. This stunning monitor also provides a high 100 percent sRGB color accuracy and reproduction.

Rendering fast-moving actions and dramatic transitions without smearing or ghosting, the Acer Predator XB271HK’s IPS display offers a quick 4ms response. It also provides wide viewing angles with accurate colors up to 178 degrees horizontally and vertically."

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The monitors feature Acer’s GameView technology, “which allows gamers to swiftly toggle between three customizable display profiles to tweak settings in-game without the need to navigate through an OSD menu”, dark boost black level adjustment, and Acer’s Eye Protect Technology “with flicker-less, blue-light filter, ComfyView and low-dimming technologies to help safeguard the eyes from blue light emissions and decrease eye fatigue during long gaming sessions”.

The stands on the new Predator XB1 monitors feature tilt, pivot, and height adjustment, and the monitors are VESA compliant. Connectivity consists of HDMI, DisplayPort v1.2 and a 4-port USB 3.0 hub, with sound provided by 2W stereo speakers.

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The Acer Predator XB271HK

The Predator XB1 Series monitors will be available this month, and the MSRP’s are $799 for the Predator XB271HU, and $899 for the Predator XB271HK.

Source: Acer

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November 3, 2015 | 01:13 PM - Posted by Master Chen (not verified)

It looks like someone's got butthurt because of the PG279Q's appearance on the market.

Also, holy shit those legs look RETARDEDLY bad, it's like they're made of Lego, or something.

November 3, 2015 | 02:08 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Yeah those legs are hideous. When are companies going to learn that not every gamer wants the ridiculous flashiness. At least on the swift you can turn off the annoying red light on the base.

November 3, 2015 | 04:05 PM - Posted by Master Chen (not verified)

I actually didn't know that. Thanks for the tip.

November 3, 2015 | 07:31 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Wall mount.

November 4, 2015 | 11:24 AM - Posted by Master Chen (not verified)

I was talking about "turning red LED off" aspect of it.

November 4, 2015 | 12:04 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

And he was talking about a solution to the ugly stand.

November 5, 2015 | 06:40 AM - Posted by Master Chen (not verified)

Why buy a monitor with an ugly stand just to get rid of it later, to begin with? Just buy a better one.

November 3, 2015 | 07:10 PM - Posted by brucek2

Amen. Would be embarrassed to have that on my desk even if I got one for free.

November 5, 2015 | 08:06 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

It's the tuner car of monitors.

November 3, 2015 | 09:41 PM - Posted by axiumone (not verified)

Think they look bad in pics? They're even worse in person. Really cheap looking plastic. If they we're milled out of steel or aluminum it would be a different story, but this plastic looks like a toy in person.

November 4, 2015 | 05:53 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

nothing plastidip cant fix

November 3, 2015 | 01:59 PM - Posted by DJ (not verified)

interesting. I'd like to see a review of the XB271HU. I'm curious if the build quality is any better.

November 3, 2015 | 02:55 PM - Posted by funandjam

Forget the aggressive styling of the legs, I think the most important thing about the aesthetics is did they put that cheap-ass-toy-looking-glossy finish on the bezels again?

November 4, 2015 | 05:56 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

glossy or matte its still plastic you retard swear all you guys like to do is bitch and moan about everything

March 29, 2016 | 11:35 PM - Posted by Bryan (not verified)

it has a matte finish, and it rocks!

November 3, 2015 | 03:20 PM - Posted by XANADV (not verified)

Say what you will about Acer but they are at least competing seriously with ROG. Big step up from XB0 in terms of aesthetics.

November 3, 2015 | 08:11 PM - Posted by makinbaconpancakes (not verified)

just HOW stupid do the market teams at these various companies think we are?? honestly?? I mean come on! "zero-frame-edge-to-egde design"?? Give. Me. A. Break.

zero frame looks a little more something like this:

3.5mm......ALLLLLLLL the way around.

November 3, 2015 | 08:16 PM - Posted by Chucky (not verified)

With the Pg279q being a dissapointment for those who already got it in Europe (the light bleed and ips glow is terrible apparently on a lot of units) this acer monitor looks to be my last hope. With how good the x34 seems to many users, I'm hopefull the quality will be good!

November 3, 2015 | 08:31 PM - Posted by makinbaconpancakes (not verified)

and u cant wait... say 6-8 months. when the monitor (let alone the gpus that drive them) landscape has matured??

pascal, along with the monitors that you really want (ie gsync capable with refresh rates that actually make it worthwhile) are not to far away in the future.

obviously evry one is different. but unless it was an emergency, the LAST things i would consider purchasing at this point in time would be a gpu or monitor. what is going to be available in the next half year or so is going to be a substantial improvement over what is available right now. And we most likely wont see a similar jump in performance for the following 3-4 years. so, when u factor 'value/performance for u money', buying a gpu or monitor right now, just doesnt make sense. wait a little bit, and im sure youll be rewarded. patience is a virtue! XD

November 4, 2015 | 12:08 PM - Posted by ChuckyDB (not verified)

I'm now on a pc with a gtx 260 on a mobo with the pci-e slot defective and an 8 year old monitor making a terrible whine.
That's why I'm kind of in a hurry! If I'm upgrading, then I'm doing it big!!!

November 4, 2015 | 02:39 PM - Posted by Dr_Orgo

I'm genuinely curious, what monitor improvements over the PG279Q do you expect to see in 8 months? A 27" 2560x1440 VA panel with higher contrast is the only improvement I could see happening. Higher refresh rates than 144/165 with IPS or VA are unlikely. Even if you did want a VA variant of the Swift at that point, you can just sell it for ~80% retail price at that time and buy the new one.

4K or 3440x1440 panels have software compatibility issues still and OLED monitors of equal quality to the PG279Q will likely be 5 years away.

November 4, 2015 | 04:15 PM - Posted by brucek2

Please elaborate/link to your source on a massive advance in panel quality/capabilities coming in the next six months. This is the first/only place I have heard such a thing.

While I will wait to see what user feedback is, it was my sincere hope that the pg279q and others of this period would represent the matured versions of the apparently hard-to-manufacture-correctly xb270hu and similar (users with good ones love them, but with many users reporting multiple returns of defective units required first.)

November 4, 2015 | 12:42 AM - Posted by DJNOOB (not verified)

something to keep in mind as well was the fact that when the other acer ips panels came out there were a lot of issues with them as well.

I think everyone just needs to chill a bit on getting one of these. Wait a couple of months until they get the QA sorted. Plus you'll be able to see what is shown at CES.

November 4, 2015 | 02:27 PM - Posted by Dr_Orgo

Unless we have actual verified statistics on return rates or a statistically significant sampling of monitors to test backlight bleed on, this comment makes zero sense.

I'll explain whats actually going on for you. The PG279Q's reviews have named it the current standard for enthusiast gaming monitors. It will sell a lot. The people that buy it will largely be PC gaming enthusiasts that want the absolute best in a monitor. On average they will be the most able to recognize the slightest issue, be least excepting of issues, and most likely to post about those issues online. None of this reflects the average build quality, IPS glow, and backlight bleed of the PG279Q.

If you need a perfect PG279Q, buy it in a physical store that allows exchanges. Then keep exchanging it till you get a perfect one.

November 4, 2015 | 05:25 PM - Posted by ChuckyDB (not verified)

I agree that a lot of people exagerate, but something like what happened to the xb270hu was truly bad.

As for the reviews, manufacturers cherry pick the monitors they send. We know the monitors can be great, but that doesn't say anything about the % of bad panels in circulation.

Now, back to the PG279Q. I was expecting some dissapointment, since we are a bunch of picky basterd, but not that many complaint in such a short time.

If I can see the monitor in person, I sure will, but as of right now, I'll keep my doubt until proven otherwise.

November 3, 2015 | 11:56 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Nov 24 dell's gsync will be out it should put Rog trash and acer to shame in Qc if they aren't using same panel we will wait n see what dell brings to table.prey they put garbage company's like Asus in there place. And makes Rog tax a thing of past.

November 4, 2015 | 02:03 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

what are you talking about? the dell is available now.

November 4, 2015 | 05:54 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

lol OK at the same price for shit TN panel

November 4, 2015 | 06:01 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Also that backlight bleed goes away on these panels after some use. Mine was horrid at first and after 5 days of burning it in at full brightness the whole panel evened out and no more bleeding issues.

People feed off each other over in these stupid forums like and are so quick to judge and returning monitors. Yes i can see dead/stuck pixels and dirt between the film but backlight will/does correct itself over time.

November 4, 2015 | 07:37 AM - Posted by Batismul (not verified)

More G-Sync monitors NICE!!!

November 4, 2015 | 02:30 PM - Posted by Dr_Orgo

I don't understand the marketing of these screens with the aggressive gaming branded aesthetics. I would assume that gamers that can afford such expensive monitors would be older and would prefer a different aesthetic. It would look alright on a VESA stand, but I would never put that monitor stand on my desk.

November 4, 2015 | 02:39 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I ordered 4 of their previous run, all had dust behind the screen or dead pixels, unless I can get assure Quality Control, ill never buy an Acer again.

November 7, 2015 | 06:17 AM - Posted by vroomvroom (not verified)

i got three 1080p acers. different class of monitor and pricetag. but im happy with build quality and performance

ur case, sounds more like acer, for what ever reason, loosening the guidelines of the QA and allowing units to ship that otherwise wouldnt, rather than the QA not doing their job. PeoplesWagon anyone??

November 5, 2015 | 02:42 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Read early reviews of ppl who have the Dell apparently there's no dirt bugs or hair in the monitors received so far and no crap glow or bleeding like stuck pigs. So it might actually be decent waiting my personal one atm. From looks of things it's already looking good.

December 20, 2015 | 09:59 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

The Dell has a TN panel! I won't buy a TN panel any more, especially not for that price.

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